Whole Foods CEO has a great answer: http://reason.com/reasontv/201...capitalism
"Intellectuals have always disdained commerce. That is something that tradesmen did; people that were in a lower class. And so you had minorities, oftentimes did it, like you had the Jews in the West. And when they became wealthy and successful and rose, then they were envied, then they were persecuted and their wealth confiscated, and many times they were run out of country after country. Same thing happened with the Chinese in the East. They were great businesspeople as well. So the intellectuals have always sided kind of with the aristocrats to maintain a society where the businesspeople were kind of kept down."
"Itâ€™s sort of where people stand in the social hierarchy, and if you live in a more business-oriented society, like the United States has been, then you have these businesspeople, who they donâ€™t judge to be very intelligent or well-educated, having lots of money, and they begin to buy political power with it, and they rise in the social hierarchy, whereas the really intelligent people, the intellectuals, are less important. And I donâ€™t think they like that. And I think thatâ€™s one of the main reasons why the intellectuals have usually disdained commerce: they havenâ€™t seen it, the dynamic, creative force, because they measure themselves against these people, and they think theyâ€™re superior, and yet in the social hierarchy theyâ€™re not seen as more important. And I think that drives them crazy."